W.H. Beck

W.H. Beck

Professional wonderer and story collector. Also, elementary school librarian and author of books for kids.
W.H. Beck
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comb jelly - Ctenophore. These jelly critters do not sting, but instead use sticky cells to capture their prey.  To swim, they use cilia.  When sunlight strikes the cilia, a rainbow effect is seen!

Comb Jelly ---- Mnemiopsis leidyi Comb jellies can make their own light (bioluminescence), and flash when disturbed.


An 1884 notebook in which Mark Twain, “toying with the notion of a physician trying to write a play,” experimented with several hilarious character names. // A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Famous Authors, Artists and Visionaries

"Atolla wyvillei" jellyfish - YouTube

When it is attacked the Atolla wyvillei (Alarm) Jellyfish, a deep sea crown jellyfish, uses its bioluminescence to attract (hopefully) larger predators, which in turn will attack it's attacker. The motion of the creature in itself is quite mesmerising.

The Hawaiian bobtail squid - when science and nature collide - YouTube

The Hawaiian bobtail squid - when science and nature collide

Vampyroteuthis "vampire squid from hell" - Planet Earth - YouTube

The vampire squid can turn itself "inside out" to avoid predators. This video was released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to emphasize the need to protect species like this in the deep oceans from the effects of human activities.